“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lenoir City in Loudon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Lenoir's Station

Sander's Raid

Lenoir's Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
1. Lenoir's Station Marker
Inscription. Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside needed to gather information on Confederate troop strength and to cripple the important East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad before he invaded East Tennessee in 1863. In June, he ordered Col. William P. Sanders to march from Kentucky and destroy track both north and south of Knoxville. Unable to destroy the heavily-defended railroad bridge crossing the Tennessee River at Loudon, Sanders and his 1,500 men (including the locally raised 1st East Tennessee Mounted Infantry) turned to Lenoir's Station, located within the 2,700-acre plantation of the Lenoir family. On June 19, Sander's troops overwhelmed a small Confederate force here and destroyed the depot, the general store, and a railroad car containing Confederate military supplies. They also captured 65 artillery men and their cannons, horses, and mules.

Sanders spared the brick cotton mill in front of you (damaged severely by a 1991 fire). He allegedly wished to protect the only source of cloth for local Unionists. According to local tradition, Dr. Benjamin B. Lenoir, one of the owners, exchanged secret signs with fellow Masons among the Federal officers, ensuring the mill's safety. The next day, Sander's troops marched to Knoxville, briefly engaging Confederate batteries there before continuing to Strawberry Plains and destroying a major railroad
Ruins of cotton mill image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
2. Ruins of cotton mill
bridge. The raid netted some 300 Confederate prisoners and ten pieces of artillery.

Later in November 1863, Confederate Gen, James Longstreet passed through Lenoir's Station—briefly liberating the place—during his Knoxville campaign. Sanders died of wounds received on November 19, 1863, during the fight of Knoxville, and in his memory Union officials named a fort in his honor. Fort Sanders Hospital is near the fort site in downtown Knoxville.

Cotton mill, ca. 1870 from Lenoir City Golden Jubilee: 1907-1957
Gen. William P. Sanders Courtesy U.S. Army Military History Institute
Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 47.457′ N, 84° 15.8′ W. Marker is in Lenoir City, Tennessee, in Loudon County. Marker is on South Hill Street south of East Depot Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lenoir City TN 37771, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lenoir Cotton Mill (here, next to this marker); Company B - Korean War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Lenoir Cotton Mill (about 400 feet away); Lenoir Plantation (about 500 feet away); Loudon Railroad Bridge (approx. 4.1 miles away); Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout (approx. 5.3 miles away); Loudon County Courthouse (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Underground Railroad (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lenoir City.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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